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May 24th, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's been awhile since I blogged. I'm out of the post surgical boot and my foot is doing much better! I overdo it every three or four days for a day or two and then have to rest it for two or three days but when I get done resting it, it feels better than it did so I guess it's kind of like having a really tough physical therapy session twice a week! The doctor said it won't be completely healed from the break until the six month mark but as long as I don't do any marathons (as if I could at this point lol!) I should be just fine to walk around if I take it easy when it begins to really ache. Truth is it doesn't really ache until it's too late and then it actually hurts by the time I notice it so there you have it!

I managed to lose six pounds in the six weeks I was in the boot! I'm surprised about that because I didn't always behave in the eating department during those six weeks. I guess dragging around a boot that weighs about ten pounds has some perks!

When I did my reboot with living healthy I started in with my attitude first. It was a good decision. I decided that no matter what happened, I would find the blessing in it even if it looked like a bad thing. It has worked miracles in my life! Sometimes I can't see a blessing until the situation is settled but one (or more) is always there to be found. I have a more positive outlook on life and I don't have any resentment about changing my lifestyle this go round. They aren't the big Biblical miracles but they are pretty life changing for me.

Here is a good example. I was having terrible muscle cramps. I wrote about them in previous blogs. I had to go see specialist after specialist. I finally begged my PCP to change my muscle relaxer to see if it would help. She agreed on the condition that I go ahead with my appointment with a neuromuscular specialist (that is a neurologist with extra schooling to deal with muscle diseases.) I promised. Well the new muscle relaxer took care of the problem and I didn't want to go see the neurologist BUT I had made a promise so I kept my appointment. I was having a terrible tremor in my right hand and arm that I thought was being caused by other things and I brought it up to the neurologist. He immediately diagnosed it as an extrapyramidal symptom. That is a symptom brought on by certain medications like the medications I take for my bipolar. If you don't get off the medication (and sometimes even if you do) these symptoms can become permanent. He wrote a note for my psychiatrist telling her which medication he suspected. I went to see her a week later. I was warned when I got off the medication that first off, it would get worse before it got better. Secondly that IF it went away it would take several months. That was the first week of April, right after my surgery. I have been without that tremor in my right arm for three weeks now!!!

There you have it. Had I not started having terrible muscle cramps, which are gone with no hard and fast reason for them ever being found, then I wouldn't have ever seen the neurologist. I would not have brought up the tremor that I thought was caused by tension and lack of sleep and he would not have diagnosed the true problem. I also was at risk to have that tremor be a part of my life forever or at least go through months of having it there and slowly getting better. (This is where God comes into this!) Instead I said a prayer of thanksgiving and told the Lord that I really hoped it would go away but that I was thankful for the medication that let me keep my family and my very life at the time I was put on it. Instead of the tremor being permanent, it went away months before it should have. Blessings abound!

Another piece of good news is this: My psychiatrist does not feel that I need a medication to replace the one I was on! Now that may change down the road as the bipolar is known to take some sharp turns here and there but for now, I'm off of a medication and doing great mood wise! In fact I'm better mood wise than I have been in years simply by changing my way of looking at things.

So if you can, take a few moments today and look at what situations you thought were really bad at the time that have since turned into something good. It may just change the way you think and feel!

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    1431 days ago
    Maybe I need to strap a 10lb pack on my back haha!
    1431 days ago
    Looks like things are on the up for you, except for those pounds of course. Brilliant!!
    1436 days ago
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    1439 days ago
    I want a boot! Congrats on your loss!! Yes, there are always blessings to be found!

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
    1441 days ago
    Catching up here and happy to hear that you are healing well.
    The side effects of medications can be serious. So great that you discovered the cause AND you no longer need the drug.
    1441 days ago
    WOW 6 lbs while In the "Boot". I know that boot very well. I had to take mine on a trip to Turkey. I have spent my fair share of time in that darn boot! Hope your out of it soon :)
    1442 days ago
    Jeanne, I'm happy for you with the medications and glad that you got off of them sooner rather than later! I'm also glad to hear you're healing from your surgery, although I missed the reason behind that. If you feel like shooting me a message, I'd love to hear about anything you feel like catching up on, but if not that's fine too. I'm glad I am back and was here to see this blog!
    1442 days ago
    Jeanne, that is indeed a wonderful turn of events. Thank goodness for the muscle cramps (isn't that a strange thing to say?)! What a relief that the neurologist soon diagnosed your problem and got you off that medication before any long-term damage was done. I hope your new attitude continues to sustain you without medication. You sound very upbeat and grateful, and that is wonderful!

    Congrats on your 6-pound weight loss! I know we can do this if we don't give up!
    1442 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Glad to read you're healing, and the boot is off! emoticon On the weight loss! emoticon
    So glad that you received an unexpected blessing. emoticon
    1443 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You have plenty of positives. You have been through a lot. It is great that you did lose 6 pounds while in the boot. Praying that many wonderful things are on the horizon.
    1443 days ago
    I think I may need to borrow that boot to help with weight loss! I always try to look for the positive. People have been known to call me Pollyanna, but that's okay.

    I am so happy to hear how things are going for you. Working out your meds is big. Working to change how you perceive things is big. Six lbs lost is big.

    Yay, to my sparkly friend!
    1443 days ago
    You have been my blessing sweet friend!
    1443 days ago
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    What awesome, awesome news!!!!! You are blessed beyond measure. Who'd have thought you could lose 6 lbs and still be in a boot, but I have to agree a 10 lb boot on your foot has to add some time of metabolic surge. lol. WTG ~ Hugs,, Donna
    1443 days ago
    What great news all the way around!! So happy for you!!
    1443 days ago
  • KURTZIE1998
    That is great Jeanne. I knew you could do it. Hugs and blessings. emoticon emoticon
    1443 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17462428
    Great news and a great witness as well.

    1443 days ago
    Love your attitude!!! So glad that things are improving. You'll be better than new before you know it!
    1443 days ago
    Doing the Happy Dance for you my friend!!! Way to go! Congratulations! Those are such wonderful blessings. Our God is so good! Now to keep up your momentum and increase the strength back in your foot but please be careful and start watching more carefully. You do not want to re-injure it.

    God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
    1443 days ago
    What good news!! Always scary when we have side effects from psych medication.
    Have a great day!!
    1443 days ago
    Well said and a WOO HOO *happy dance* to you too!
    1443 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    Hello, Sweet Jeanne! I have been AWOL for ages and have come back today to thank you for the bear hug (Yes, I needed one!) and to read and reply to your blog.

    What an amazing blog about the power of attitude! I always admire your attitude and today I admire it even more! You are getting to be an expert at thinking positively having deep gratitude! What a powerful combination! I am so happy that the results have been lost weight, no muscle cramps, and no more tremors in your right hand and arm! I am really excited for you! What a good example you are to everyone, especially to me!

    A positive attitude and a grateful heart are two things I strongly believe in and work on, being more successful sometimes than others. Your inspire me!

    I want to get off some medications too! My blood pressure went up so high, the doctor, after increasing the dosage of the one I was on, added a new one to the mix. The new one makes me so drowsy that I just want to sit in my recliner and sleep all the time! I had been walking faithfully, and had lost a little weight which resulted in perfect b/p the last time I saw her. Of course, she was not ready to reduce my meds at that time, so I have been trying to continue the walking and weight-loss regimen. However, it gets harder and harder to stick to it because of the drowsiness. You have inspired me to keep on keeping on. I hope the next time I see her she will take me off the new medicine that causes the drowsiness, which I think will make it easier to walk and discipline my eating!

    Congratulations on your successes! Keep them up and keep on blogging!

    Know that you are on my "hot" prayer list and that I pray for you every day!

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    1443 days ago
    Hey dear friend!! CONGRATS emoticon on the 6 lbs ! That is emoticon .
    I love that you started with your attitude first. Today I caught myself asking "what's wrong with me?" "what's wrong today?" The problem with that is confirmation bias-- we always find something to support our thoughts to prove us right. having that reality flash in my mind I decided to start asking "What's right with life today?"

    Looking forward to a good day.
    talk to you soon
    1443 days ago
    Glad you’re out of the boot and feeling better!

    SIX LBS. THAT’S AWESOE! Good job.

    That’s a good thing you kept the neuro appt. and told the Dr. about the hand tremors. For sure, those tremors can become permanent if not addressed. GLAD it’s not that way for you! AND you didn’t have to go on a replacement med. That’s awesome. Hope things continue on the straight and narrow (though life is never that way, is it!)

    1443 days ago
    Very well said, and you make a good point in your close.
    Sometimes an outcome can surprise ourselves.
    For me, I dragged my feet regarding retirement. Was not sure it would be good for me, especially with so many people "downing" it
    But I am loving it every day and always have plenty of interesting things to do.
    Again, I am so happy for you being well on your way to being fully healed and out of the boot.
    Things are working out with your medications as well!
    Such good news here and now you can enjoy your summer!
    1443 days ago
  • TANYA168
    Jeanne, this is great news. Your persistence and putting your needs first with God's help have all put you in such a positive place. Persistence is so key in your successes because I see this all as successes. You chose to work through this, you chose to persist to get an answer, you chose to be honest with yourself. I am so very happy for you.

    I love this and when I am down I will use your journey to get through the low points. Thank you once again for putting a smile on my face.

    I look forward to your next blog...and I am wishing you all success that you don't have to go back on your meds. Yet I am thrilled that you know that if you have to go back on them for your bipolar you will work out what works for YOU! Big hugs Jeanne!!!!!!! emoticon Tanya
    1443 days ago
    Jeanne - what an awesome blog!

    Thank you for sharing.

    Things are really coming into the light for you. Your faith and attitude is a driving force in your success!

    Keep up the great things you are doing and sharing with us.

    Hope and success is contagious!

    1443 days ago
    Great post!
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  • KAREN608
    I am so glad for this post, so inspiring. And yes, medications can have all kinds of side effects that healthy living can't undo. I'm always glad when someone can go off a medication. I like happy endings! Day by day you are better and better. You even lost weight (not that I will be putting on a boot). Yes, having a thankful attitude really focuses the mind on the good, and God honors that.

    ....whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8)
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